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Snout houses are dwellings like no other. Their interior design is unmatched in the construction world. Being spacious enough, these developments can accommodate a single family. However, their external design is generic. These houses are normally characterized by a protruding garage. Existing in a single neighborhood, the monotony that comes about due to these protruding garages is compelling. Therefore, in my opinion, I feel it is time for these designs to be modified or done away with so as to facilitate the use of newer and better architectural designs. It is without saying that dwellers in these neighborhoods have sought the assistance of the...
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As the economy struggles to pull through from the housing crunch, many buyers see this as a chance to purchase a home due to the lower property-values. Many experts agree, that now is the perfect time to purchase a home because of the low mortgage rates and low home prices. However, before you go shopping for that new home you will need to work out how much mortgage you can pay for. There are steps you can take to buy a home without going into bankruptcy. For example, purchasing a home over your budget will only lead to problems with your mortgage payments later on, never mind all the extra cost that goes with buying a home. If you approach buying a home...
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Architects Organize

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A Chicago-based Network Effort Gathers Firms Around Climate Change by Kira Gould Last summer, a couple of architects in Chicago got talking about “supporting candidates who are committed to climate change.” In September, Architects Advocate was launched. According to its founders, Tom Jacobs, AIA, of Krueck Sexton , and Peter Exley, FAIA, of Architecture is Fun , the goal was to gather a list of firms who wanted to speak out—somehow—about the pressing need for action on climate change. “We felt that firms voices were missing in the dialogue,” Jacobs says. Most recently, the group has sent a letter to President-Elect...
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With thanks to Bill Schmalz, Susan Heersema, Sara Beardsley and Eric Pempus for their contributions. 1. Triage all RFIs and submittals from contractors. Set aside a few minutes each day to skim through each new RFI and submittal. Alert any secondary reviewers who are not included on the distribution list. Check if the submittals are required by the contract documents, and have been reviewed by the contractor, and appear, at a quick glance, to be complete. Make sure you understand what the RFIs are asking. Don't sit on a submittal or an RFI for a week or two before rejecting it for a glaring error. 2. Submittals and...
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For an avid gamer, comfort is everything. When you are spending hours at a time, locked into a high-pressure game where one wrong move can kill your mood for days, the last thing you need is backache , or sunlight hitting the monitor at the wrong moment. Read on for some helpful tips to help you design the perfect gaming room. A Well-Appointed Desk You can’t spend hours gaming without a decent desk for your monitor, speakers, and any other equipment you need. Look for a desk that’s the right height for you. If you plan on setting up more than one monitor, the desk needs to be wide enough. A slide-out keyboard shelf is also handy. ...
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There are so many different reasons why your business should have an associated blog. While everyone understands how important it is to get search engine traffic and the power of social media, various other things should be learned. One of the huge advantages of using a blog is that it helps you increase absolutely all your networking efforts. How does that happen? Let’s learn the basics of using blogs for networking purposes. Gaining New Connections When you learn how to create a WordPress blog you quickly go from one site to the next and you eventually learn about interesting methods you can use in order to build newsletters or help...
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Slideshow: Constructing a Passive House with a pre-fabricated panel system The Mission Clifs project used a Build SMART prefabricated panel system to pursue a Passive House. Cross-section of the pre-fabricated panels The foundation has two layers of Expanded Polystyrene Foam insulation laid in a staggered formation below the entire slab. Any penetrations in the insulation are sealed with spray foam. Four inches of insulation rated to 40PSI was used. The insulation separates the slab from the foundation wall, allowing for thermal expansion and/or movement. A 15 millimeter vapor...
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By the AAJ Communications Committee Personal Information: When did you know, you wanted to be an Architect? FM: The interest began at six years old, when I graduated from Lincoln Logs to an Erector set. At eleven years old, a scholarship to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago provided exposure to Chicago architecture on a weekly basis. At fifteen years old, a trip around the world on a freighter provided exposure to both landmark and anonymous architecture in 30 different countries. By then I knew I wanted to be an Architect. Where did you go to college and what degrees did you earn? FM: University of Illinois,...
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The Honolulu Conference

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By Stephen A. Carter One of the two tour groups on Friday of the conference The Academy was wise to choose a location for the 2016 conference as far away from Washington DC as geographically possible. For three or four days, we focused on the excellent panel discussions, distracted only by the call of ocean breezes and temperate waters. Of course on return to the Mainland, a tsunami in US politics occurred, but at least we were relaxed! The four plenary and 17 panel sessions represented what AAJ has come to expect from the speakers and the audience participation. The Academy has truly evolved into a community of professionals...
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By Laurence E. Hartman, AIA, CCHP; Gregory Cook, AIA, CCHP; Erin Persky, Assoc. AIA, CCHP This article begins with a discussion of existing standards for correctional health care facilities, including strengths, weakness, and their applicability to modern correctional environments. Following this discussion is a description of an initiative by the National Commission on Correctional Healthcare (NCCHC) and the authors toward the development of correctional health care facility design guidelines that will be made available to architects and planners. Existing Standards By Laurence E. Hartman, AIA, CCHP Correctional agencies are dealing...
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By the AAJ Communications Committee Experience How did you get involved in the Justice Market? LB: The first corrections project I worked on was in 1991. It was a medical, mental health, geriatric facility for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, the first of its kind in Texas. I was assigned as Project Architect during a time when assignments were given based on who was available when the project was awarded, not on whether someone had experience with that particular project type. I had worked for several years on hotels, and it took me a while to stop calling the cells guest rooms. I didn’t work on another justice...
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Letter from the editor Thank you for taking the time to read our fourth quarter issue of the AIA AAJ Journal. This is our last issue for 2016 and it has been a successful and rewarding year. I would like to thank the AIA and everyone on the Communications Committee, for a job well done and for always coming forward with great ideas, journal articles and themes. First up in this issue, we have an inspiring and insightful interview with Fred Moyer. Mr. Moyer has profoundly influenced justice architecture thinking and touched the way we work on our diverse projects. But that is not enough; Fred Moyer is a progressive thinker and reminds us of future...
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Letter from the Chair

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December 2016 As we look back on 2016 and look toward to the future, the TDBP Knowledge Community will continue on the many tracks we have been on since our inception; always bringing important aspects of building performance to the fore. We will continue to advocate for architects leading the way in using proven practices and building science to find creative solutions that are instrumental in supporting design teams to create buildings that are healthier and more resource efficient and durable. We will continue to use all of the platforms available to us to inspire as many in our profession as we can, and the many outside of our profession but...
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Intellectual Property Letter from the editor By Seth Anderson, AIA It is with great honor that I assume the responsibilities of Digest editor from the capable David Richards. I have served on the PMKC leadership group for about a year, and in that time I’ve been enthusiastic about the work done by AIA staff, the PMKC and our members in practice management. As Digest editor, I look forward to gathering and sharing articles that get to the core of practice management topics and help our readers become better business leaders. This month’s digest topic is intellectual property. The first article, “Does Copyright Law Protect...
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By Andrew Smith In a crowded and competitive marketplace, it is now more important than ever for architecture businesses to deliver a consistent and integrated brand message. Trademarks, when coupled with recent advances in marketing and mobile technology, offer a practical and low cost tool for professionals in the field of architecture to protect their brand, capitalize on good will, distinguish themselves from their competitors and expand into new markets. The following contains a user-friendly overview on trademarks that outlines the benefits associated with obtaining a federal registration with the United States Patent and Trademark Office...
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By Charles R. Heuer, FAIA, Esq. Since the late 1970s, applicable copyright law in the United States has protected original works of authorship fixed in any tangible medium of expression. This brief article will address some aspects of the Copyright Revision Act of 1976 and the Architectural Works Copyright Act of 1990. It is intended to be a basic primer on the nature and extent of protections offered by Copyright Law. Copyright protection prior to 1990 Copyright protection applies as of the time the work is created – it is incident to the act of creation. As of 1978, the Act protects, among other things, “literary...
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By David H. Bowser In 1990, Congress passed the Architectural Works Copyright Protection Act (AWCPA) to protect the intellectual property of architects. In order to minimize the chance of being accused of infringement, there are certain things you should understand about the scope of what is protected and certain steps you can take to protect yourself. While there is no surefire way to prevent claims of infringement, there are ways to limit the chance of such occurring and steps you can take now to help you later. Scope of protection First, you need to understand the scope of protection for architectural works. Under the AWCPA,...
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By Cheryl L. Davis Whenever I make presentations about intellectual property to architects, I am invariably asked: “Why do I care about my copyright? I’m never going to build this building again.” Your ownership of your copyright has more than theoretical legal value. While your copyright is yours to keep or give away as you like, if you don’t understand the value of what you have, you can’t strike the best bargain. Copyright owners' rights As a copyright owner, you have the exclusive right to copy your work. This includes the right to create derivative works based upon your work – which in the...
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The AIA AAH Regional Initiatives Committee’s mission is to assist regional groups of healthcare architects in establishing or enhancing local programs providing knowledge sharing events. Over the coming year, we are looking to provide more ways for regions to connect and learn from one-another. We have made progress on establishing an interactive calendar so that access to information and events will be more readily available to all AAH members. This year we have encouraged more local component formations with in the regions. Along with the AIA AAH Regional Initiatives Committee we are starting discussions on an international basis. The AIA AAH...
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